In the Kilombero Valley surrounded by highly fertile land with good rainfall, Kokoa Kamili pays a premium to farmers for their ‘wet’ cacao, and conducts its own fermentation and drying using progressive techniques.
This is a zero-added sugar chocolate that is surprisingly pleasing to enjoy. It is well-balanced and not bitter. Our 100% preparation highlights the biscuity, nutty flavours and natural sweetness of the cacao.
Ingredients: Organic cacao beans
Kokoa Kamili Fermentery was founded by Brian LoBue and Simran Bindra, who have backgrounds in international development throughout eastern and southern Africa. Prior to Kokoa Kamili’s cooperative, a single buyer dominated the area. A sole buyer meant it had the power to set the price for cocoa, and farmers had little alternatives. Historically, farmers in the Kilombero Valley received some of the lowest prices for cocoa in the country. In Kokoa Kamili’s first year alone, Kilombero farmers received the highest prices in Tanzania for their cocoa.
Today, Kokoa Kamili works with nearly 3000 smallholder farmers, most of whom farm between 0.5-2 acres of cocoa. Kokoa Kamili pays a premium to farmers for their wet cocoa, and conducts its own fermentation and drying. By taking over the fermentation and drying process, Kokoa Kamili can produce more consistently higher quality cocoa beans. This method gives farmers a reduced workload, along with greater compensation, and the farmers are paid immediately after the cooperative receives its wet beans.
Kokoa Kamili also distributes cocoa seedlings to farmers in the community. In the past three years, they have aided in the planting of over 140,000 trees.
Kokoa Kamili is situated in the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, an area known for its abundance of bird and mammal wildlife. It is most famous for the eleven different primate species, bird life, and is one of three remaining sites that support Savannah Elephants in a mountainous environment. Current estimates say that 2,000 elephants reside in and around the Udzungwa area.